Alright, alright, alright we all already know the kids on “Stranger Things” are some of the most charming creatures to come into our lives this year. But as if their on-screen performances weren’t enough, they’re pretty stellar in real life too.
For instance, Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, posted a photo on Instagram with a fan yesterday and announced that if anyone comes up to him asking for a photo, he too will post a picture with them on his account.
“I’m starting a new thing,” the caption reads. “Every fan that stops me and asks me to take a picture with them, I will ask them to take a picture with me because they mean as much to me as I mean to them. This guy was awesome, I couldn’t resist having him be in the start of my new trend.”
The former boy-band member co-hosted the show at ACL Live at The Moody Theater with YouTube star and drag queen Coco Peru. The Werk Fashion Show was held to raise funds for Austin LGBT programs like OutYouth Austin, Austin Galano Club and AIDS Services of Austin.
As the Reddit user who found the link pointed out, the “Dazed and Confused” actor indeed has a verified YouTube channel. The weird thing is nobody had seemed to watch it. It wasn’t until the Redditor’s thread went viral that one of McConaughey’s videos reached over 1 million views — even then, the rest of the videos have under 200,000 views. That seems really strange for a Hollywood actor of his popularity.
McConaughey joined YouTube in 2013, though he didn’t post his first video until a little over a year later (from Austin, mind you). In it, he pushes people to go to Whole Foods and purchase bottles from “I Am Waters” which provides clean water to homeless public school children.
Most of the videos are him advocating for one cause or another, actually. There’s a second one of him talking about “I Am Waters” again. There’s also a couple of videos where he talks about his Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and #GivingTuesday, a movement to create an international day of giving following Thanksgiving in the U.S.
Aside from his charitable videos, he’s also posted a couple of movie trailers from movies he recently starred in — specifically, the animated movies “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Sing.”
We’re not sure why his videos haven’t taken off in the past, but he seems to be using them for a good cause. Maybe that Reddit thread will give him the followers he deserves. But for now, we’ll leave you with McConaughey’s sign-off for every video: “Just keep livin’.”
Brosnan is playing the lead in the upcoming AMC series “The Son,” a “multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family,” according to Deadline. The series is based on local author Philipp Meyer’s 2013 novel of the same name.
Siskel would have never. Ebert could only have dreamed. Maltin wishes. America’s greatest movie critic: Olympic swimmer, platinum blond and person-who-was-maybe-robbed-but-also-possibly-not Ryan Lochte.
Lochte claimed Sunday that he and three other U.S. swimmers — including University of Texas senior Jack Conger, former Longhorn Jimmy Feigen and Gunnar Bentz —had been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro by someone posing as a police officer. In the following days, the veracity of Lochte’s claims were called into question by Brazilian officials. The Associated Press on Thursday reported that Conger told police that Lochte fabricated the robbery narrative.
What better time than now to revisit the gems to be found in Lochte’s Twitter feed? In late June, Buzzfeed staff writer Grace Spelman went on quite the spree of Lochte archaeology (Lochteology), unearthing the swimmer’s passionate endorsement of various movies.
The resulting thread is a journey into a world where the concepts of ego and superego have been drowned at the bottom of a murky, green swimming pool and cultural criticism is rooted in pure, delighted id. Here are some of the best Lochte tweets curated by Spelman.
Just watched "How to train your Dragon 2" amazing. No matter what obstacle is in ur way, ur family, ur friends, ur love will be there for u
On Sept. 29, 2016 Sneider plans to celebrate the first official Galactic Tick Day — though according to his calculations, this will technically be the 235th. Sneider, who works for a startup in San Francisco, defines the holiday as “a celebration of our progress around the Milky Way.”
According to his website, it takes the earth and the rest of the solar system 225 million years to travel around the galaxy. One centi-arcsecond of this rotation is what he calls a Galactic Tick, which happens every 633.70 days (or 1.74 years).
He marks the first Galactic Tick as the day the patent for the first telescope was filed by Hans Lippershey on Oct. 2, 1608. “This is in honor of the telescope’s power to allow us to achieve awareness of the nature of the universe,” the website reads.
Sneider said in an email that his call to make this a globally celebrated holiday is not a commercial project.
“Just doing it because our scale in the universe is amazing and it’s recognition can have untold positive repercussions for us humans,” he said.
Clients of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have figured out the way to get the most out of their newly renovated homes — they’ve turned them into vacation rentals.
For the past couple of years, the Waco couple, who own remodeling and design business Magnolia Homes, has captured the interests of viewers everywhere with their show, in which they revitalize once-dilapidated homes. But according to the Waco Tribune-Herald, these fans now have the chance to stay several nights in one of these homes.
Nearly half a dozen of the owners who have been featured on the show have decided to capitalize on the show’s popularity and have listed their homes on property rental sites like Vacation Rentals By Owner and Airbnb.
This development has led the Gaines to consider changes for people who apply to appear on season five. Here is what Magnolia spokesman Brock Murphy said in a statement to the Waco Tribune-Herald:
“We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving ‘Fixer Upper’ clients moving forward. We want to honor our national viewing audience. We want to do remodels for clients’ homes. That’s the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend. What started off with perfectly understandable intentions could cast a shadow of a doubt on the much bigger picture, and we are going to do our best to protect that moving forward.”
Say what you want about how cool it might be to live in Westeros, but the food doesn’t seem that great. (The wine, on the other hand …) That’s why we’re happy that Hodor could swing by a downtown Austin restaurant this week for dinner.
According to C.K. Chin, owner of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow, “Game of Thrones” actor Kristian Nairn dined at the Chinese eatery and even stopped for a photo opp:
What’s one struggle of being a multi-awarded Olympian you might not realize? It’s actually really difficult to arrange multiple medals around your neck in a fashion that doesn’t make you look like a total fool.
For this week’s Sports Illustrated, some Olympic beasts — swimmer Katie Ledecky, gymnast Simone Biles and Phelps — are featured on the cover for taking home five medals from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In some behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot, we get to see Phelps help Ledecky — who is basically the new face of USA swimming — place her medals in the best way for their photo. It’s almost like watching him pass a metaphorical torch onto the 19-year-old, four-time gold medalist.
“You’ll learn,” Phelps tells Ledecky. “Don’t worry about it.”